Friday, January 29, 2010


The Illinois Department on Aging announces that online applications are now being taken for older adults and people with disabilities to apply for Circuit Breaker and Illinois Cares Rx. A new state law raises the annual income limits – making it possible for more people to qualify for the state benefits.
“We are encouraging individuals to use the online application at because it is the fastest way to get approved for these benefits to help seniors and people with disabilities,” says Dept. on Aging Director Charles D. Johnson. Persons can now apply online for the state’s prescription drug assistance program, Illinois Cares Rx; Circuit Breaker property tax grants; and a license plate discount.
The new law raises the income eligibility. To qualify, total income in 2009 must be less than:
$27,610 for a household of one
$36,635 for a household of two
$45,657 for a household of three
or more.
More medications are also
available for Illinois Cares Rx.
The state’s pharmaceutical assistance program, Illinois Cares Rx, provides wrap-around prescription drug coverage to fill in the gaps created by Medicare Part D and offers drug coverage for people who do not have Medicare. Individuals eligible for the Illinois Cares Rx program may also be eligible for additional benefits from the state’s Circuit Breaker program.
The Circuit Breaker program provides a property tax relief grant for individuals who pay property tax on their residence or rent or nursing home charges on a residence that is subject to property tax. In addition, the program provides a discount on the license plate fee for one vehicle. These benefits, including Illinois Cares Rx, can be accessed by applying on one application.
For more information, visit . For assistance, call Circuit Breaker at 1-800-624-2459 or call the Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966 (888-206-1327 TTY).

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